Lat: 37° 39' 19.09477" N - Long: 14° 31' 47.01863" E
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The castle of Agira is surrounded by a beautiful panorama that ranges from the gigantic Mount Etna with the bottom of the Pozzillo lake, to the valleys of the Salso river to the north and the Dittaino to the south.
About this fortress we have some news from the Byzantine age; it was destroyed by the Saracens and enlarged by the Normans.
It played an important role during the Vespers War.
The today visible remains, now in a state of ruin, belong to a Swabian construction.
On the western front, where there was the entrance to the castle, the tall and thick walls are protected by three towers, with different dimensions, which once had to be more numerous.
The first tower, with a square plan, is accessed by a small door, and is illuminated by a window overlooking the west side.
The second tower has an octagonal plan, and unfortunately it is ruined.
The third tower has a square plan; it is accessed by a small portal, and the light enters through two slit windows.
Inside you can see the ogival vault and the remains of a fireplace.
A second wall included the main part of the castle, where the main donjon had to stand, and where there is the church of St Filippo, built on the ruins of another, even older church.
On the side of the church there is a cistern and, in the central part, a quadrangular underground plan with an ogival vault.
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